Newcastle United produced an outstanding performance on the final day of the English Premier League season, defeating last season’s champions 3-0 at St James’ Park.
Chelsea had been motivated to secure a victory, needing three points to have any chance of qualifying for next season’s UEFA Champions League, but it was Newcastle who looked the hungrier side across the 90 minutes.
The win ensured the Magpies finished the season in 10th position, higher than any of the teams they were promoted with from the Championship last term.
Fans were delighted with the performance and had particular praise for Mohamed Diame, who was again superb in the middle of the park.
His form since the turn of the year has been a key reason for Newcastle’s strong finish to the season and supporters were quick to shower him with compliments in the wake of his latest display on Sunday.
They took to Twitter to share their thoughts…
If you knew nothing about football and watched #NUFC play, you’d be positive that Mo Diame is the best player in the world.
— Johnny Cross (@JCross91) May 13, 2018
— Joe Dawes (@jnrdawesy) May 13, 2018
Absolutely unreal performance and we deserved to win by even more.
Top 10 finish & Mo Diame confirming himself as the best midfielder to ever play the game since it was created. Give Rafa the MOTY award & get him to sign a new contract when we're at it.
What a life. #NUFC
— Paul W (@PJ_Walker88) May 13, 2018
What a transformation Diame as been since the bad form he had begin of season, shelvey got to go world cup #NUFC
— Asa Bartlett ⚫⚪⚫⚪ (@asabart14) May 13, 2018
— Jake Ternent (@TheGeordieLion) May 13, 2018
Who’d of thought at the start of the season, Mo Diame would be getting a standing ovation! Well done son! Massive improvement 👌🏼 #NUFC
— Linzo (@Linzo2002) May 13, 2018
Mo Diame was mockingly applauded off the pitch at SJP six months ago. Today’s very different. A player transformed the second half of the year. A bull in midfield. #NUFC
— PJ Doc (@Pjdoc) May 13, 2018
Diame has been HUGE for #NUFC i bow to you my man
— Hardik Dave (@thefundamental7) May 13, 2018
Nice to see Jonjo Shelvey and Mo Diame take the mick out of 80m quid worth of midfield today. Unbelievable performance #NUFC
— Ben Holden (@BenHolden_) May 13, 2018
Can we all just appreciate Mo Diame… #NUFC
— Kieran (@Kieran__Hall) May 13, 2018